A vulnerable neighbourhood where new housing around an intricate green network provides affordable living comfort and pleasant central meeting places

Parkweg
Schiedam, The Netherlands

A ‘Reconstructed’ neighbourhood 2.0 with a programme comprising 238 homes, of which 60% are social housing. The new homes will be 100% gas-free and provide social residents with contemporary, affordable living comfort. The green central interspaces encourage getting together and allow the neighbourhood to become a close-knit community again – a neighbourhood that will empower its residents.

Client: Van Wijnen
Year: 2019 – 2021
Partner: Municipality of Schiedam, Woonplus, Antea Group, Conversation Next, Zichtbaar
Status: Realised
Type: Urban plan, development plan
Location: Schiedam
Program: 238 dwellings
Urban planning: ECHO urban design
Landscape design: ECHO urban design
Architecture: Venster Architekten
Our resonance

A high-quality and future-resilient neighborhood

We turned a neighbourhood struggling with physical and social problems into one where an intimate and pleasant setting is created despite a high housing density; affordable, safe and sociable. Flats line the outer edges, while terraced houses with gardens form the heart. These houses are arranged around an intricate green network connecting all the blocks like two axes. Terraced houses surround the largest green spaces with their fronts facing the green. As a result, the green areas are closely supervised, and the central green areas become real meeting places. By preserving the existing trees, we achieve instant maturity of the greenery. All the designs are fully climate adaptive.

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